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12 Simple Ways To Raise Your Credit Score

July 21, 2014
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Could your credit score use a boost? There’s a lot at stake with those three digits. Your credit score can influence whether a landlord approves your rental application, how much you’ll pay in home and auto insurance rates, and the interest rate on your mortgage. And the higher your credit score, the more money you […]

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The Best Way To Loan Your Child Money To Buy A Home

July 21, 2014
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With real estate prices rebounding strongly in many areas and interest rates still low, now could be a good time for a young person starting out to buy a first home – before prices get out of reach. But buying without some family assistance might be tough. The solution? For parents and grandparents to step […]

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When House Hunting, How To Assess A Neighborhood

July 20, 2014
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When you buy a house, you aren’t just buying a house. In a way, you’re buying a neighborhood. After all, you’ll likely choose a home partly because it’s close to work, the schools are great or it’s walking distance to restaurants and stores – or maybe you love that it’s nowhere near retail establishments. In […]

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5 Steps To Sell A House That Won’t Sell

July 7, 2014
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If that “for sale” sign has been on your front lawn a lot longer than you expected, you may be wondering: What do most homeowners do in this situation? Lowering the price is the most obvious suggestion, but price is often the problem. “Often sellers make the mistake of factoring in what price they need […]

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How Student Loans Affect Your Credit Score

July 7, 2014
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College-bound students and their parents need not despair. Student loans – when handled correctly and responsibly – can actually serve as a major asset in building a student’s credit history and credit score. They can result in a graduate being able to qualify for his or her first apartment, first car loan and, very often, […]

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5 Factors That Influence Your Home’s Resale Value

July 7, 2014
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While home sellers hope to get top dollar for their property – and some have an inflated idea of what to expect – establishing a home’s value can be a complex, multifaceted process. Do home renovations really pay off? And which is more valuable: a three-bedroom or a four-bedroom with the same square footage? We talked […]

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What Temperature Should You Keep Your Home In The Summer?

June 30, 2014
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There are no hard and fast rules for how hot or cool a home should actually be. Energy and comfort experts agree that the ideal cost-saving temperature for most thermostats is about 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. Your willingness to dress for the weather and personal comfort threshold do […]

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Selling Your Home: 7 Ways To Kick Your Curb Appeal Up A Notch

June 30, 2014
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Whether you’re trying to sell your home, rent your house or simply ‘wow’ your neighbors, nothing makes a more dramatic impression than your curb appeal. First impressions mean everything, and when people lay eyes on your home for the first time, they’ll immediately glimpse your home’s facade and your front lawn. While a massive face-lift, […]

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How To Clean A Carpet Naturally

June 30, 2014
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Many experts say that carpeting is the worst type of flooring you can have in your house because it can harbor all sorts of germs and bacteria that hardwood floors or ceramic tiles don’t. But on a cold winter’s morning, there is nothing like stepping onto a warm, fuzzy carpet instead of a chilly, hard floor. […]

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Should You Help Your Child Buy A Home?

June 21, 2014
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It has always been difficult for many young people to put aside enough cash for a down payment. But it has gotten harder in recent years with growing student debt and a slowly recovering job market with limited stability and career opportunities. So, what’s a parent to do? Here’s some advice from financial experts. For […]

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